By Cliff, 16 April, 2013
macOS and Mac Apps
Hi! I'm trying to get up to shape on the music production side and therefore I'm trying to find accessible software instruments or "softsynths" that sounds better than the standard pack for GarageBand. Yeah, I know, I should really get out of GarageBand soon if I'm going to make professional productions, and the plan is to buy protools within the next couple of months. But by now, the only thing I have is GB, and I need something that sounds great, and that I can use together with VoiceOver. I've installed the kontakt player and a few instruments from Native Instruments, but the interface isn't accessible at all. So the work around is to have a sighted person helping me to set up an instrument or 4, and then save it as a preset in GB, so I can find it my self in the list of instruments. The same thing goes for Addictive Drums. Not accessible at all, but it just sounds so great, that I got to annoy some of my friends to help me to set up a few custom kits and then save it in GB as a preset. But I really would like to find pluggins that I can handle and edit myself, and that has a high-end quality to them. And I guess that accessibility of the interface will stay the same after I've gotten protools, cause it's probably the same edit window that opens for e.g. kontakt player or addictive drums as in GB. The only difference is probably that protools uses VST pluggins and GB can only use AU... Have I got it right? I'm really hoping that some of you clever people out there might have some experience with this, and may have a few options to suggest for me... Thanks in advance ;) Cliff
Hey Cliff, There's a few
do you want gigabytes of instruments?
Thanks for the Mainstage suggestion!
Quantising parts of tracks in garage band
Hi! Since originally posting this topic a few years ago, I've switched over from using GarageBand to Pro tools, and so far I'm very satisfied.
However, I'm still looking for great sounding instrument plugins that I somehow can use. I have a Digi003 control surface so if the plugin window it self isn't accessible, I might maybe be able to use the controlsurface to access the settings of a plugin... What do you all think? Any suggestions of new plugins that might work for me?
Also, someone earlier in this tread mentioned MainStage... Does any of you know if I will be able to use the sounds from Mainstage in Pro Tools 11? Or is this not possible to do?
Any great sugestions would be highly appreciated! :)
Thanks in advance
It really all depends on what
It really all depends on what you want to do. For some great sounding instruments that leave a small footprint, I recommend Hypersonic 2. I use Windows and not a Mac, but I'm almost positive that Protools and Logic both use VST plug-ins. Anyway, if you want to be able to create your own sounds, Synth1, Atlanffis and a few others are very good. Personally, I use Reaper, which I know can also be used on the mac, which is why I'm posting this. If you really want to create some strange sounds, there's a plug-in called the weird noise machine. Google these and you will find them.
Hi Ken, and thanks for your sugestions! Unfortunately Pro Tools has stopped supporting VST plugins from ver 11. The only thing that works now is pro tools own format, called AAX. But that doesn't mean that the plugins you refer to don't exist in AAX format... I will certainly check that out, and see if they have made them available for the new PT standard!
Sounds like something I would like to have in my toolbox! :)